Jose is from a small town outside of Mexico. I commented on a tattoo on his forearm. It was a depiction of someone with angel's wings and the date '1990' next to it. Is that a loved one?, I asked. He nodded in the affirmative.
I always thought that if I ever got a tattoo it would be something reminiscent of my father, I told him. I lost him a few years ago and it still feels like a fresh wound sometimes. Yes, my father died also, he said.
"Were you close?", I asked.
"Yes," he nodded. "Yes we were very close."